» Investing in tomorrow's business women
Capital W is a women's business club at the UNSW Australian School of Business, dedicated to developing, motivating and educating the talented women of today to become future business leaders.
We hold small, intimate workshops and larger-scale networking events to assist in expanding your corporate networks and knowledge of the corporate work, as well as developing your 'soft' skills.
Capital W was founded in 2007 by UNSW Co-op students as a grassroots approach to bridging the gap between university and the corporate world.
To form a business-related women's club with a reputation for attracting talented female students and equipping them with the skills and networks to become future business leaders.
To advance the career development of women in business through a network of undergraduates, professionals and faculty.
Why we exist
Contrary to popular belief, Capital W does not aim to start the next feminist movement. Nor does Capital W exist because female students are somehow disadvantaged. This is definitely not the case at the graduate level!
So why does Capital W exist? There are many areas in which females are under-represented. Whilst greater equality is ideal, our mission is not to force this. Rather, we aim to increase your awareness of areas where greater female representation is desirable and shed light on what companies are doing to make them more women-friendly. In doing this, we hope to inspire you to discover new opportunities within the industry and hopefully assist you in making informed career decisions.
Ultimately, our sponsors want to see greater diversity in their workplaces. It has been repeated through the news that the number of female executives or female board members is dismal relative to the number of males. We are not sure why this is, but these are some of the issues Capital W hopes to address.
We hold small, intimate workshops and larger-scale networking events to assist in expanding your corporate networks and knowledge of the corporate world as well as developing your 'soft' skills.
At Capital W, we recognise that having access to as much information as possible helps you to make informed career decisions. Throughout the year, we hold various information and networking events with our Sponsors and Capital W members, to assist you in the decision making process.
At Capital W, we understand that males and females learn differently. This is why we run events just for female students. We tailor the content of our events so that it focuses on developing your soft skills in a collaborative learning environment, where the other participants are just as vital to your learning experience as the presenter.
Our Executive Team
Yasaman Naghiloo Co-PresidentFifth year, Commerce (Economics, Finance) / Economics (Honors in Econometrics)
Where is the best coffee on campus? As a business student, you will probably spend most of your time at lower/middle campus, so I am constantly going to The Whitehouse. Otherwise, Cafe Brioso (coffee cart next to the Library Lawn) is a must for great coffee!
Where is your favourite place to study? The only place I can study is at home, as I have plenty of space to spread out all my study materials and it is quiet! It has consequently become my favourite place to study
Jennifer Rah Co-PresidentFourth year, Commerce (Finance, Business Economics) / Economics (Econometrics)
What is your favourite thing about Capital W? The relationships that I have built with the Capital W members and alumni is definitely the most valuable experience for me. The alumni continue to provide me with great advice and they are all inspirational role models.
What's the best advice you've ever received? Keep the bigger picture in mind - at times we may get caught up in getting the smaller details correct, but don't forget the end goal.
Karen Zhuang Vice PresidentFifth year, Commerce (Finance, Marketing) / Arts (Chinese Studies)
What is your favourite place to study? Main library
What do you know now, that you wish you had known in first year? Ask lots of questions! The more you know, the better.
Julie Ho SecretaryFifth year, Commerce (Accounting, Finance)
What is your favourite thing about Capital W? Working closely with an awesome executive team to organise workshops and networking events that aim to educate, inspire and motivate future female business leaders.
What is the best advice you've ever received? Make the most of the opportunities available to you. Keep your eyes peeled and ears opened for opportunities, and don't let them pass you by.
Jewel Zhu TreasurerThird year, Commerce (Finance) / Law
Where is the best food on campus? I'm still trying to find somewhere that beats the Whitehouse's wedges!
What is the best advice you've ever received? Choose a career path that truly interests and motivates you, because the balance between work and life suddenly becomes much easier.
Natarsha Terreiro Communications DirectorThird year, Commerce (Marketing, Management) / Arts (Media, Culture and Technology)
What is the best advice you've ever received? My dad always used to tell me, "It's not what happens, it's how you deal with it"
What do you know now, that you wish you had known in first year? Get involved in things! Getting involved in clubs and societies makes uni so much more interesting and fun, and it's a great way to make friends and meet new people, while getting valuable experience, both personally and professionally.
Courtney Moses Student Liaison DirectorThird year, Commerce (Financial Economics) / Law
What is your favourite thing about Capital W? The events that Capital W holds extend beyond networking - the workshops help provide skills that are applicable to a variety of activities, ranging from application processes, to making a lasting first impression.
What is your favourite place to study? The Law Library. It's always nice and quiet in there!
Cynthia Pow Student Liaison DirectorFourth year, Commerce (Marketing)
Where is the best food on campus? Stock Market Kitchen if you're on upper campus, Whitehouse if you're at middle campus, and Bar Navitas if you're at lower campus!
What is your favourite thing about Capital W? Being involved in Capital W has diversified and most definitely positively enhanced my university experience. I'm constantly meeting new and exciting people, and I'm very appreciative of the brilliant opportunities that stem from the numerous small and large events and workshops.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does your club do?
Through our partnerships with industry-leading firms, our numerous networking opportunities and small scale workshops, our goal is to give female students the skills, confidence and inspiration they need to become successful business leaders. It works both ways – the industry needs to attract women from the first moment they step onto campus and female students need to have the necessary skills to stand out from the competitive graduate crowd. It's all about exploring the opportunities out there in the corporate landscape. Truth be told, just because you major in accounting, it does not mean that you’ll end up as an auditor. The possibilities are endless!
How do I get involved?
Sign up and become a member! This gives you exclusive access to all the events we hold. But you should do more than just become a member, become a volunteer as well! Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and develop those 'soft' skills. The best way to run for a 2012 Exec position is to volunteer - so get involved! We’d love to get to know you! As a volunteer, you can help out with the organisation and running of our events, assist in compiling our quarterly newsletter, the ReCap, as well as with maintaining our website.